There is evidence to suggest that all three Abrahamic religions have been influenced by the paganism as well as other religions, especially Zoroastrianism, that preceded them. Judaism begun as a polytheistic religion, but after contact with Zoroastrian monotheism, they too chose to worship only one God. Christian idea of metaphorical light and darkness representing good and evil may have also been derived from Zoroastrianism, as it is both mentioned in the Bible and the Avestan (Esposito). The idea of a messiah, that is shared by all three Abrahamic religions, is a concept that preceded them, and was evident in Zoroastrianism before the beginning of the 6th century BC. Islam also exemplifies the non-Islamic religious and pagan influences that have been intertwined with the religion.
What we see in the world today is how Allah is an important factor in the Islam religion. Mohammed is a key figure that we read about as well. Both Allah and Mohammed are loved by their followers and they are very passionate about it. Regardless of how extremist may twist the words around and how the media portrays some Muslims, there is no doubt that the Islam religion has very loving, caring and passionate
Religions of the World What it means to be a Muslim? The Five Pillars of Islam are the fundamental beliefs that shape Muslim thought, deed, and society. They consist of the faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad, the establishment of the daily prayers, the concern for and almsgiving to the needy, self-purification through fasting, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able. These five religious duties are expected of every Muslim and are mentioned individually throughout the Qur’an, the sacred text of Islam and the highest authority in both religious and legal matters. Also, Muhammad listed them together in the Hadith, which is a record of the words and deeds of the Prophet, his family, and his companions, when he was asked to define Islam.
These texts are responsible for teaching, as it is a guide used to relay direction and knowledge for its followers. The texts are also used to assist the passing on of teachings about that particular religion. For the Islam nation, that most sacred text is the Qur’an. It was not until 610 A.D. that Islam’s Holy Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad, whom was Islam’s greatest Prophet. The Qur’an came through a series of revelations to Muhammad, from the angel Gabriel when Muhammad was 40 years old, away on one of his common retreats for solidarity in the city of Ramadan.
So the trunk of these three religions is Abraham and the descendants or branches of the trunk are his two sons Isaac and Ishmael. Both Jews and Christians believe their religion emerged from Isaac because their founders Moses and Jesus are decedents of Isaac. Muslims believe though that their roots are traced back to Abraham’s other son Ishmael. And that Muhammad their founder is a decedent of Ishmael and created Islam. How are the three major holy books of the monotheistic faiths both
CHRISTIANITY VS. JUDAISM Christianity and Judaism are religions that are each very unique. Although they both have plenty of differences, they also have similarities. In fact they probably have more in common than some of the other major religions in the world, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Although both Christians and Jews believe God to be their creator and controller; Judaism has no founder, as opposed to Christianity whose founder was Jesus Christ. In Christianity it is believed that Jesus Christ was the savior to all humanity and was sent to Earth by his father (God) to pay for the sins of all mankind.
He taught us to be kind and not to judge, to treat our neighbors respectfully. He taught us to turn the other cheek and to have faith in God’s word. Jesus taught us not only to love ourselves but to love mankind as well. Jesus taught us how to walk the road to righteousness and to have faith in God our heavenly father. Jesus addressed many issues during his sermon on the mount.
Mormons payers are ways of communicating with God. Comparing and contrasting the Islamic to the Mormon, both claims Prophets revealing the book are the guideline for their beliefs Qur’an and The Book of Mormon. Both claim the final prophet of God, Prophet Mohammed and Prophet Joseph Smith. Both were the long lost faith as the one true religion. Islam makes claim that Adam and Abraham were Muslims.
Isaiah’s purpose was to address the need of purification, using a message that met the needs of both rich and poor and by using examples and descriptions that made sense. Isaiah was a passionate spokesperson that advocated to “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the cause of the widow”(Isaiah 1:17) This spread his message clearly and effectively throughout the kingdom. His Job was very important; it was to call Jewish people back to the morality and rule of law that God required, reminding them the covenant God made with Abraham. Acknowledging that Isaiah was the greatest prophet, his faith, trust and forcefulness contributed to the development and expression that impacted the religion of Judaism.
This Islamic creed is the profession of faith and trust, in which Muslims bear witness to the oneness of God and profess that Muhammad is the messenger of God. This statement of the proclamation of faith underlines the monotheistic nature of Islam. لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh This is the basic statement through which Muslims proclaim that Allah is the only God and that Muhammad is his prophet. Through this proclamation of faith, adherents personally accept this to be true and will obey all the commandments of Islam throughout their lifetime. In order to become a Muslim, a person must recite this statement wholeheartedly.